Lee Softball Falls 8-0 To No. 11 North Alabama

Sunday, March 4, 2018
The No. 11 North Alabama Lions completed a three-game sweep of the Lee softball team with an 8-0 victory on Sunday afternoon from a sun-filled Butler Field.

Following a similar script to yesterday's contests the Lions jumped on the Lady Flames early and often with runs in each of the first five innings, including a three-spot in the third frame.

Abby McKinney (1-1) started for the Lady Flames and tossed three-plus innings. The sophomore allowed six runs on 10 hits. Erika Greek came on to finish out the final three innings and was tagged for two runs.

The Lady Flames threatened in the first three innings but could not connect on the elusive big hit as North Alabama's Brittany Ledbetter danced around trouble to keep the Lady Flames off the board. All totaled Lee left 10 runners on base.

Taylor Moran continued to swing a hot bat for Lee as she went 2 for 3 and finished the weekend 5 of 6 with three home runs and six RBI.

"Taylor is seeing the ball so well right now and she's really locked in and staying within herself at the plate," said head coach Emily Russell. "I hope the rest of the lineup can learn from her and see the adjustments she's making."

Kayla Louie singled and walked while Claudia Jones and Brooklynn Frazier also added singles to complete the five-hit performance.

The Lions top of the order did most of the damage led by leadoff hitter Bailey Nelson who went 3 for 4 with a run scored. Alex Brown and Hannah Shollenberger combined to go 4 for 5 with three RBI and three runs scored. Veronica Westfall doubled and singled while Meleah Hargett also tallied a pair of hits.

Ledbetter (4-1) twirled a complete game shutout in the circle for the Lions. She allowed just five hits and struck out four.

"We are still trying to figure out who we are as a team and unfortunately we've had to try and make those adjustments while playing a very good opponent this weekend," said Russell. "We have several things to adjust and hopefully we can bring a better focus, energy and execution this next week."

The Lions exacted some revenge on Lee after dropping five straight to the Lady Flames last season. Lee still holds a 9-8 advantage in the all-time series.

The loss drops the Lady Flames to 11-9 overall and 4-5 in league play. With the win the Lions improve to 15-2 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the GSC.

The road doesn't get any easier for the Lady Flames as they well head to No. 2 North Georgia on Wednesday for a mid-week doubleheader. Lee steps back into conference play on Saturday as they visit Mississippi College for three-game GSC series.


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